Older adults get bored just like everyone else.
They may have disabilities that make it difficult for them to get out of the house or do activities they once enjoyed. This can lead to lots of idle time. And, let’s face it, being a caregiver isn’t always exciting, either. As a caregiver, you may spend a lot of time sitting idly in the older adult’s house while they watch television or sleep. But, you can make being a caregiver more fun for both yourself and the senior you’re caring for by engaging them in activities or going on outings. Below are 3 ways caregivers can pass time in a more enjoyable way.
#1: Play Board or Card Games
Many older adults enjoy playing games. In fact, in their younger years, they may have gathered groups of friends to play cards. Games can be especially fun for caregivers and seniors who have a competitive streak. And, since you sit down to play most games, they are appropriate for seniors with mobility problems. If the older adult has cognitive problems that make complicated games too difficult, try playing games made for children. They may bring back memories for a senior with dementia and can still be quite fun for adults.
Video games are also a good option. Consider active games that require players to move their arms or legs, that way caregivers and seniors both get some exercise while also having fun. Your aging relative may also enjoy games played on a tablet. Look for games that allow you to connect with other players, so you can play against each other. The advantage of these kinds of games is that they don’t require much setup and you can get them for free.
#2: Take a Trip to the Library
Caregivers and seniors can go to the library together to check out books or movies. If the older adult has vision problems that make it hard to read, you could check out an audiobook to listen to together. Or, caregivers can read aloud to the senior. Many libraries also hold group activities and seminars. You might take a class together or join a community book club.
#3: Throw a Luncheon
Invite friends or family members over for lunch. Caregivers and seniors can plan the luncheon together. If your aging relative likes to cook, have them help you with food preparation. You can also make invitations to mail to guests.
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